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Tuesday, December 27th (All times eastern)

Toronto Raptors (6-21) at Detroit Pistons (22-3), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Detroit Pistons target their eighth consecutive win this evening when they continue a five-game homestand against the lowly Toronto Raptors at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

On Sunday, Chauncey Billups scored 20 points and added six assists, as the Pistons exacted some revenge by defeating the San Antonio Spurs 85-70 in a rematch of the 2005 NBA Finals.

These teams have combined to win the last three championships, with the Spurs capturing titles in 2003 and 2005. San Antonio denied the Pistons' chance of winning back-to-back championships by winning last year's NBA Finals in a dramatic seven-game series.

Rasheed Wallace had 14 points while Ben Wallace contributed 10 points and a season-high 21 rebounds for the red-hot Pistons, who extended the team's best start in franchise history to a blistering 22-3.

Antonio McDyess came off the bench to post 10 points and 13 boards in the lopsided win.

Detroit, which will close its stand against Miami on Thursday, has now won 13 of its last 14 games overall, and in addition the Pistons are 10-1 at home this season, which includes six straight victories as the host.

The Raptors, meanwhile, come in a on losing note after falling to the Spurs, 95-90, on Friday at the SBC Center.

Jalen Rose netted 19 points for the Raptors, who saw a modest two-game win streak come to an end. Chris Bosh had 18 points and seven rebounds in defeat.

Toronto, which will be closing a four-game road trip tonight, is 5-9 away from home this season.

The Pistons topped the Raptors earlier in the year and has won four straight and seven of the last nine meetings. Toronto has also dropped five straight, seven of eight and eight of 10 in Detroit.

12/27 10:25:42 ET

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